Matt Barton

Soft Something

Matt Barton

Soft Something

about the exhibition

Soft Something
Matt Barton

Date

On View: June 8 – June 29, 2018
Time: Wednesdays through Sundays from 11a.m. – 6p.m.
Opening: Friday, June 8, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

General Information

Learn more at happycitydenver.com

Soft Something is an immersive installation by Colorado Springs-based artist Matt Barton. Featured within the installation is a mix of vibrating beds, aquaponics systems, and other functional materials, which together blur the boundary between a gallery, greenhouse, and sanctuary. Within the exhibition’s dynamic environment, viewers are positioned as participants – invited to relax, play, and explore the uncertain middle-ground between belief and cynicism.

The exhibition brings together human and plant sensation – channeling the plants’ response to the interior, changing conditions by transmitting audible sounds to visitors through the use of simple computer processing. Overall, the site-specific installation evokes the complex tensions between utilitarian function and spirituality, suggesting that natural environments and the act of resting can provide unexpected healing.

This project is a part of Happy City: Art for the People, a six-week, citywide art intervention initiated by British artist Stuart Semple with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional, and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being. Happy City is produced by the Denver Theatre District with artistic direction by Black Cube.

Special thanks to our funding partners: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Community First Foundation, Denver Arts & Venues, Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, Downtown Denver Partnership, McWHINNEY, P.S. You Are Here, Sage Hospitality, and VISIT DENVER.